Livelihoods Approaches to Information and Communication in Support of Rural Poverty Elimination and Food Security

Research reports and studies
November 2003
Robert Chapman, Tom Slaymaker and John Young

FAO, DFID and ODI undertook a study in 2001/2 to analyse the role of information in livelihoods, and make recommendations on how agencies can capitalise on and integrate the best elements of traditional communication methods and new information and communication technologies within the livelihoods approach. This publication provides the results of the initial literature review. The key conclusions were that information and communications systems are most likely to improve livelihoods in rural areas if they: share costs appropriately; ensure equitable access to all; contain a high proportion of local or appropriately localised content; build on existing systems; build capacity; use realistic technologies; and build knowledge partnerships.

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